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Monday, June 13, 2016

The statue of Bahubali atop Vindhyagiri Hills at Shravanabelagola, Karna...

During my last trip to Karnataka, one fine morning, I started for a town named Shravanabelagola which is about 120km from my starting point, Mysore (Mysuru). In a hired car, it takes about to reach there. It is advisable to start early in the morning, as the stones get heated up and it becomes very hard to climb barefoot (which is customary). Do not forget to carry a pair of socks which would make the climb easier.

There are two hills at Shravanabelagola, Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri. Atop Vindhyagiri hill, there stands a 57ft tall statue of Lord Bahubali, who was the eldest son of the first Tirthankara (prophet) of Jaina sect, named Adinatha. It is a monolithic statue carved from a single granite stone. To reach the top, one has to climb 650 steps, barefoot.

It is a very important pilgrimage site for the followers of Jain sect. Every 12 year a huge festival of "coronation" takes place here.

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